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Blade IQT Progress

Post by Zeus » Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:35 am

Cadet/IP: Blade / Zeus
Check Ride #: IQT-1
Check Ride Date: 19 Oct 2019
Score: Pass

Debrief: Welcome Blade! Multi-player BMS is new to Blade (as it was to all of us at one point) and having a VFW to help learn all the complexities and share in the challenges is part of why we exist as a wing so it was a great pleasure to fly our first IQT flight this past weekend. Blade was well prepared for the flight and did a great job with the SOPs and other MP nuances that back in our SP days we all either skipped or never knew about. And he did a great job with the formation flying and we even took a swing at some tac turns - not bad for what was essentially his first MP flight. We hit the tanker as well where he connected in 90 seconds even if it was only for a brief time. We then headed over to Kunsan where we will begin the rest of our IQT training. Nice flight Blade!

Ready to head out from Kadena (busy ramp)
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Rejoined
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On the boom
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Looking forward to IQT-2!
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Tyrant » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:30 am

Great job! Keep it up!

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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Elf » Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:38 am

Nice Job m8, Good luck with the rest of IQT !
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Sharpe » Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:39 pm

Welcome Blade.

Well done. Enjoy the rest of your IQT flights.

Looking forward to flying with you in the near future.

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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Bishop » Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:44 pm

Welcome, Blade! Good work.

IQT-1 with Zeus was also my first-ever MP flight, a few months ago. I hope you learn as much, and have as much fun, as I did in IQT!

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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Tech » Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:06 am

Welcome to a great VFW and enjoy IQT!

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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Micro » Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:40 pm

Good job Blade!
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Derk » Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:11 am

Welcome to IQT! Good luck in IQT.
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Wheelchock » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:44 pm

Welcome Blade! Enjoy IQT, it's a great program.
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Zeus » Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:28 am

Cadet/IP: Blade / Zeus
Check Ride #: IQT-2
Check Ride Date: 30 Oct 2019
Score: Pass

Debrief: Great flight with Blade last night. He smacked down the two incoming TUs and did great against the MiGs as they tried their best to evade, run and catch us off guard. We used a little more fuel than expected in the first part of the flight so we had to sneak in a refueling between engagements 2 and 3. Blade managed to get on the tanker and top off while in the turn and before the MiG-29s could get on station; awesome work! We finished it up with an OHB back into Kunsan. Now its time to dogfight!

Ready to go on 18
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Two Bravos finding their targets - double splash!
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Splash goes the MiG
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Refueling in the turn
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While this -29A had me on the defensive, Blade blindsided him with a slammer!
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Setting up for the OHB.
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Nice flight Blade!
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Venom » Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:21 pm

Way to go Blade!

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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Derk » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:02 am

Keep up the good work Blade! Saw your flying skills in the Sunday mission and look forward to flying with you again soon.
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Elf » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:12 pm

Nice Job Blade !
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Buttons » Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:14 pm

Thats one sharp blade, well done!

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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Nick » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:31 pm

Welcome Blade! Keep it up. ;)
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Zeus » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:33 am

Cadet/IP: Blade / Zeus
Check Ride #: IQT-3
Check Ride Date: 06 Nov 2019
Score: Pass

Debrief: Another successful flight with Blade the other night. This time is was in close for some dog fighting. Blade did a great job scoring some quick kills and talking me in for a kill as well. His AAR work continues to be very solid and his MP skills are growing fast. Not bad for a guy with only 4-5 MP flights in total! Looking forward now for some ground pounding exercises!

Ramping up before our flight
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A MiG take a noses dive after being hit by Blade's heater
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Moments after I merge another MiG goes down in flames...that was quick!
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Grabbing some gas
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Finally, I get to have some fun
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Nice flight Blade - half way there!
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by schnidrman » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:46 am

Good work! Your really cookin' through this. You'll be a Gambler in no time!
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Badger » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:12 pm

Good job Blade
You’re rocking it.
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Derk » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:02 pm

Nice work Blade!
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Zeus » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:31 pm

Cadet/IP: Blade / Zeus
Check Ride #: IQT-4
Check Ride Date: 09 Nov 2019
Score: Pass

Debrief: A successful IQT-4 flight with Blade that took out an airstrip, lots of enemy vehicles and saw some nice work out at the range. Blade's got a good handle on the jet and the SOPs at this point and continues to demonstrate that he knows how to put weapons on targets. Our low-level run was smooth as could be and while it took a couple passes, he was able to string 3 CBUs in a row and wipe out some enemy vehicles. Then, in desperate need of fuel, he pulled the tanker in the turn before we headed to the range. He did a nice job on the range and we finished up with a TRP back into Yechon. Nice work Blade!

Getting ready to head out
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Scratch one airstrip
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Shack!!
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Grabbing some much needed fuel in the turn
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Putting weapons on target
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Back at Yechon
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Now for a little night flying! :)
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Zeus » Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:00 pm

Cadet/IP: Blade / Zeus
Check Ride #: IQT-5
Check Ride Date: 4 Dec 2019
Score: Pass

Debrief: After a brief respite over the holiday, Blade and I got back at it with a nice relaxing SEAD flight at night. :) Blade did a nice job bore sighting the Mavs and grabbing some gas on the tanker before we headed into enemy territory. First up - smack down an SA-2 that had just launched on flight lead...Blade timed it perfectly. Then lead took out an SA-2 north of the target area. The southern SA-2 operators were clearly well trained as they managed to evade two HARMs by switching off their guidance just in time causing the HARMs to lose lock. With our HARMs exhausted we decided to work around the SA-2 and focused our attention to the SA-3. Blade nailed it with his first Mav shot! That opened the door to a few quick passes to let the other Mavs loose on the remaining launchers. We then headed over to Kangnung to spend the night before heading out on the final IQT flight. Nice work Blade!

A busy ramp at Yechon as we prepare for our departure.
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Grabbing some fuel
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Shack the SA-2 just in time
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No more Low Blow
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Passing markpoints for MAvs
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Only one more to go Blade!
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Post by Micro » Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:59 am

Congrats Blade! Looking good.
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Derk » Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:04 pm

Nice job Blade! One more to go.
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Zeus » Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:10 pm

Cadet/IP: Blade / Zeus
Check Ride #: IQT-6
Check Ride Date: 7 Dec 2019
Score: Pass

Debrief: Congrats to Blade for completing IQT-6 this weekend. Another great flight with Blade scoring perfect hits using his GBUs and LGBs. He also did a nice job on the tanker connecting in only 34 seconds. His loft deliveries both showed good technique with releases on each pass but we had to sneak in one last lesson to remember before calling it quits; remember to clear you CZ when you are going after targets with known/preset locations. So other than that little hiccup we had a great flight and indeed a really well flow IQT course overall. Blade will make a great addition to the wing (we even took him on his first post-IQT flight after this and he landed back at Kunsan in some really nasty weather (1km vis, 1,000' ceiling and nasty cross winds) and I'm looking forward to flying with him more.

Ramping up for our last IQT flight
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Shack the Naval Docks
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Tanks burning after our first LGB pass.
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Grabbin some fuel in the turn
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Missed it by that much (note the ZSUs still there on the right side)
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Awesome job overall Blade - Welcome!
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Re: Blade IQT Progress

Post by Derk » Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:29 pm

Congrats Blade! See you soon in the Wing flights.
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